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Jayce

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  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
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    (209)
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    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "I liked this a lot."
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    This was very helpful. Holiday is good, no doubt about it...

    However much the underbelly of New Media may shock you in this book, I cannot shake the feeling that Holiday sensationalized the book himself. His "unveiling" of how Youtube uses Thumbnails to increase Click-through-rate is not as crazy as he suggests. Although there is manipulation going on, I don't think it is bleak as he professes.

    I DO recommend the book for anyone who makes their living from new media.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
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    (2055)
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    (2054)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Wonderful"
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    One of my top 5 historical novels to be sure! Yes it is violent, and graphic. It is also a profound story, well told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
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    (1577)
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    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "A wonderful read!"
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    There is so much depth in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was unpredictable, unlike most other historical novels I have been reading lately that are most young adult in style even-though they are meant for adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
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    (192)
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    (195)

    At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home - to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave.

    Laurie says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Compelling story but ..."
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    I find it a struggle to find books in the historical novels niche that are NOT just all actions or all soap opera. A lot of the popular series out there now seem like they were written for teenagers.

    This is closer to the balance I was hoping for. It will appeal to mature adults, the story is good and I learn to care about the characters, but it is essentially a "who dunit?" So if you were looking for Roman wars and action, you will not find it here. Sometimes you almost forget you are in the Roman Empire at all.

    I wish thee was a little more action, but it was worth the money I spent for sure. I will get the next book in the series later, once I get a break from the crime mystery genre.

    The narrator is first rate, excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
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    (526)
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    (537)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "Best Historical Novel I have read."
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    Totally gripped by this story, and I knew the whole story from before. After 40 hours of listening, I just wanted to listen for another 40 hours. I want to know what happens next!

    I go through at least 4 book a month, and this is one of the best ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Hyatt
    • Narrated By Michael Hyatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (130)
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    (129)

    To be successful in the market today, you must possess two strategic assets: a compelling product and a meaningful platform. In this step-by-step guide, Michael Hyatt, former CEO and current Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, takes readers behind the scenes, into the new world of social media success. He shows you what best-selling authors, public speakers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and other creative minds are doing differently to win customers in today’s crowded marketplace.

    Abraham says: "Lots of Quality Info, Not-So-Great Voice Over"
    "For beginners only."
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    Perhaps this is because I am not a beginner at running a business online, but this all seemed very basic to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winning the Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell - and Live - the Best Stories Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonah Sachs
    • Narrated By Jonah Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
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    (21)
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    (24)

    The story wars are all around us. They are the struggle to be heard in a world of media noise and clamor. Today, most brand messages and mass appeals for causes are drowned out before they even reach us. But a few consistently break through the din, using the only tool that has ever moved minds and changed behavior - great stories. With insights from mythology, advertising history, evolutionary biology, and psychology, viral storyteller and advertising expert Jonah Sachs takes listeners into a fascinating world of seemingly insurmountable challenges and enormous opportunity.

    Andrew says: "Read Joseph Campbell Instead"
    "Very, Very helpful!"
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    Most books about story-telling, spend a lot of time talking about how important story-telling is, but spend so little on HOW to actually create great stories, especially in the context of the digital age. Jonah goes into this beyond what most authors do. Thank goodness!

    I love the book, I am reading for the second time this month!

    My only concern is that I wish he went into the mechanics of story-telling even more, but there is still a lot to work with.

    The author should be commended for the significant contribution he has made to not just effective marketing, but appealing to our higher human nature and revealing how this can be so much more powerful that appealing to people baser needs/desires.

    This is what makes the book stand out so much!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9832)
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    (8477)
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    (8492)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Better than Tolkein!"
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    Just finished all 5 Books of the Song of Ice & Fire. I like this better than LOTR! Yes, I said it....better than Tolkien! Huge books that never gets boring, always gripping, and you learn something new each chapter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Attention! This Book Will Make You Money: How to Use Attention-Getting Online Marketing to Increase Your Revenue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jim F. Kukral
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
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    (116)
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    (110)

    What’s the one common factor among entrepreneurs who create and grow successful online businesses today? Attention. They know what kind they need. They know how to get it. They know how to maintain it. And they know how to make it pay over the long term. Want your business to get the high quality customer engagement it needs to thrive? Attention! This Book Will Make You Money is the only guide you need - providing you with a complete online toolbox for bringing in the customer traffic you want....

    Austin says: "I love this Book!!"
    "Listened to it three times now."
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    What did you love best about Attention! This Book Will Make You Money?

    This has been a big help to me. If you are looking for creative ways to stand out, this is the book. He provides great examples. I have also been able to connect with Jim directly online. He really does want to help people do better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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